Saab News Snippets

This may have no impact whatsoever on anything at all, but some of you will still care that Lars Danielson is defecting from Saab to Volvo.  He was the head of production at Trollhattan and will take a similar spot with Volvo’s Torslanda factory. 

Danielson had been with Saab for 26 years so to say he’s seen some changes would be more than a mild understatement.  Perhaps he didn’t like the way the wind was blowing?  Or maybe they just offered him a fat pay packet.

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Image from Flickr.  Saab 95.  Rusty.  Sad.

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Back in the day Saab Automobile used to get quite a few ideas and technologies from Saab’s aviation people.  Imagine what they could do with this… Saab Developing Unmanned Helicopter

Wow.  It weighs only 100 kilograms. 

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Jalopnik has been irritating the daylights out of me lately.  Too many caminos and too much fluff.  But at least they’re showing the Saab Suite via embedded video today.

All is forgiven, at least for a week. Just cut the camino-crap already!

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Every now and then I get some perspective on just how small Saab is as a car company.  These European numbers for Jan-April 2006 show that even when they’re up 20.6% (which is some fantastic news, by the way), Saab are still very much the David against some pretty hefty Goliaths.  Thanks to Olav for the numbers:

1. Volkswagen – 536.394 (+14,2%)
2. Renault – 454.866 (-12,3%)
3. Opel/Vauxhall – 448.997 (-5,2%)
4. Ford – 431.298 (-3,2%)
5. Peugeot – 383.547 (-2,0%)
6. Citroen – 323.061 (-2,5%)
7. Fiat – 314.497 (+23,6%)
8. Toyota – 270.683 (-0,1%)
9. Mercedes – 238.269 (+4,8%)
10. BMW – 225.103 (+5,5%)
11. Audi – 211.494 (-0,1%)
12. Seat – 127.872 (+5,7%)
13. Nissan – 106.140 (-15,5%)
14. Skoda – 102.485 (+11,8%)
15. Hyundai – 101.675 (-3,4%)
16. Mazda – 93.662 (+10,2%)
17. Honda – 87.950 (+1,6%)
18. Volvo – 83.219 (-9,5%)
19. Kia – 77.583 (+12,3%)
20. Suzuki – 76.056 (+29,0%)
21. *** other – 58.363 (-7,1%)
22. Chevrolet (Daewoo) – 53.102 (+10,0%)
23. Alfa Romeo – 51.951 (+3,1%)
24. Mitsubishi – 44.731 (-5,9%)
25. Lancia – 44.707 (-5,1%)
26. Mini – 38.350 (-13,0%)
27. Smart – 36.239 (-24,8%)
28. Chrysler – 32.314 (+19,3%)

29. Saab – 31.142 (+20,6%)

30. Land Rover – 30.142 (+15,5%)
31. Jaguar – 14.987 (-9,6%)
32. Lexus – 13.058 (+99,9%)
33. Dacia – 12.689 (+++)
34. GM (US) – 2.008 (+19,3)
34. Maserati/Ferrari – 1.588 (-27,7%)

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I was watching some video of Saab historical models the other night.  Anyone else wonder how the basic EV-1 shape might look with the Aero-X front treatment?  

I think it’d make for a pretty good 2-seater sports car.  But that’s just me.  It’s probably a little too "old 9-3" in the back end. 

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3 Comments

  1. I am shocked that Jag sells so few cars in Europe. Nice to see Saab kicks the you know what out of Lexus in Europe but then again most Europeans see Lexus for what they realy are – Toyotas with an attitude problem.

  2. I’m very surprised to see Toyota at #8. There must be some protective tariffs there to keep the Japanese imports at bay. Additionally, I didn’t know that GM Europe (Opel/Vauxhall) was such a large manufacturer. I can now see why GM wants to make Saabs in their factory — they have some volume to reduce the overhead costs in each unit made. Or so the theory goes.

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